Bearded Brummies Walk The 11 Route

In sweltering heat a band of bearded brothers embarked on possibly the largest walk of their lives so far. Some well rested, some with four hours sleep, but all with one cause at heart; raising money for Mind Birmingham. The day started off bright and early with a half 5 meet at Acocks Green bus…

Two Days to Go Till The BB Walk

And so with just two days to go to the walk the Bearded Brummies Group chat is abuzz with what will be needed as we take on the mammoth 27 mile challenge on Saturday. I’m personally quite excited. The day itself looks like it’s going to be a scorcher with a nice 26 degrees to…

Bearded Brummies Charity Walk

This July Bearded Brummies will be walking the 11 Bus Route to raise money for Mind, the Mental Health charity that helps support those with mental health problems. The Bearded Brummies, as I’m sure you know by now, are a beard club that Lockthelocks has worked closely with since the beginning, being one of the…

Flip some beer mats. KEG AND GRILL

So after a busy few days at work, and to be honest I’d been burning the candle at both ends, I decided to head out for a couple quiet ones on my own to wind down after a crazy week. I flew into town and it was carnage to try and get in anywhere. I…

Bearded Brummies Walk the 11 Bus Route

Here at Lockthelocks we’ve long been affiliated with the Bearded Brummies and last year there was hope for lots of meets and charity events, of course 2020 had other plans and while some meets last year did take place over Zoom it’s fair to say nothing beats getting together and having a good catch up.…

Mayhem, Traumatik and Skinzmann Release Explosive Energy

Brums Mayhem, Cardiff’s Traumatik and honorary Brummie Skinzman have come together to deliver an explosive track (As billed in its title) that sees some rapid fire bars fire off over a heavy beat with DnB influence to say the least. Explosive Energy showcases some quality bars and signifies a period of increased activity lately from…

Blues Still Doing Bits Off The Pitch

The summer of signings may not be finished just yet as Blues find themselves linked with Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato! They also confirmed the appointment of Wales International Goalkeeping Coach Tony Roberts. The Alexandre Pato link is very exciting in my opinion. I also fear its highly unlikely but it seems with Blues anything is…

Unbeaten or Lacking Wins?

Blues have racked up the most draws in the division so far and honestly looking back over the last couple of seasons draws are a big feature. Losses took the lead last season but the season before it was draws and so far this season draws again. It’s not the end of the world, a…

Flip Some Beer Mats – Return Of The Mat!

So after Four months we have finally made it. The return of this series has been something I’ve really looked forward to. Just having the normality of a pint and being able to write has been something i have longed for. So lets get down to it. i headed out on Sunday after a heavy…

Wiley – Godfather 3: Album Review

This one was actually meant to go up with Footsie’s album review last week but I managed to miss the boat on it. I guess it’s ironic that a review on a Wiley album comes later than advertised, especially since we’ve been waiting on this one since at least last year. Godfather 3 is the…

What I’m Watching: Rocketman

This week’s What I’m Watching is the fantastic Elton John Biopic Rocketman that was released last year. It’s a great film about the troubled life of one of the UK’s most infamous artists and stars Taron Egerton as Elton. The film was produced against a budget of $40m and has grossed just under $193m worldwide…

Corona Delays the Latest Bond Release

The 25th installment of the Bond franchise, No Time To Die, has had its release date postponed due to fears around Corona virus. It’s far from the first commercial victim of the virus but it’s a start of things really becoming noticeable in the UK for people outside the car industry. The film has been…

The Craven Arms

After a long week and a bit of bad news for myself, 3:30 pm on the Saturday couldn’t come quick enough. As I packed my tools away after a busy day I could already taste the first pint of my weekend and it couldn’t come quick enough. The Gore had mentioned to me about a…

The Head Of Steam

So after last weeks tragic trip to the bar we shalt not name, I decided to try again. This time it was for Temple Street and The Head Of Steam. Temple street has had somewhat of a facelift over the past few years and now boasting Flight Club, Las Iguanas and The Head Of Steam,…

Kobe Bryant. The world reacts.

Late on Sunday afternoon we heard of the tragic passing of NBA all star Kobe Bryant. A death heard around the world that truly shocked a lot of sporting fans. Social media across the world was instantly trending with the tragic news that his helicopter had crashed which was carrying the Basketball star and his…

Grimsickers G.T.E.D.I.

It’s Sunday, we’re all hanging, were watching Manchester United and Champions elect (begrudgingly) Liverpool walk through small clubs. I’m sat wondering what can excite me. Then before I know it the man himself was in Birmingham in the studio with names like Bowzer Boss, Yaseen, Tazzle and Despa. My eyes light up I’m seeing gang…

The Streets to Headline Outdoor Show

Just when you were getting a tad depressed that we’ve been able to see The Streets for the last two years but not this year man like Mike pulls something special out of the bag and, together with Weird Science, will be putting on a special outdoor show in one of Brum’s best outdoor spaces.…

Transfer Round Up

Blues seem to have slightly curbed their absolute free fall of straight defeats (Although you never want to get too comfortable with Blues) but one thing is clear, we still need to add to the squad. The way United are circling Bellingham though it’s enough to get you feeling a bit uneasy. I’ll start with…

Tees of the Month – Long Sleeve

I’m going to kick off the year with a Long Sleeve version of Tees of the Month as many won’t be ready to brace the cold weather in a short sleeve tee just yet. Marshall Artist- Siren Long Sleeve T-Shirt First on the list then is Marshall Artist and their smart but subtle Siren Long…

Pep Gone After Christmas?

It seems as though Pep’s reign has come to an end. The caretaker who was promoted to the permanent position just 19 days ago is the latest to succumb to the whim of the board. I know many fans were calling for him to go and given his recent run of form the owners were…

PerilOustFlash Collaboration Spotted in Digbeth

Keeping up with the true Graffiti artists that brighten up our streets and do so without acquiring millions in the process but for the love of the scene and the art they produce there’s a new piece in the very heart of are cities brightest district; Digbeth. This week there is confirmed reports that fabled…

Brum vs Banksy

A “Street artist” has vandalised a city bridge… and people love it! Banksy, the Bristolian trip-hop artist (Allegedly), came to Birmingham this week, he defaced a city bridge where a homeless man was sleeping and then posted it online. Usually such actions would cause outrage and the council would be called in to clean the…

What’s On? Bearded Brummies – Christmas Meet

Looking for something to do the 14th December? Luckily the Bearded Brummies have announced our Christmas shindig will be taking place on 14th December from 7pm onwards. Bearded Brummies are a Beard Group that are a “thatch” of another beard group called the British Beard Club. We’ve been conducting more meets throughout this year as…

The Yardley Arms.

So on a tragic afternoon I woke up with a crazy hangover and needed a cure. Knowing Manchester United were on TV and even though Oles wheels had been falling off I decided to put myself through the torture and headed just down the road to my local The Yardley Arms aka The Millhouse. I…

The Giffard Arms Wolverhampton

The Gifford Arms Wolverhampton So after a weekend celebrating Lockthelocks head honcho James Gaughran’s birthday I started a week off work, by booking in to go and cut a few heads and catch up with the guys at Everyday Loans in Wolverhampton. Always a good laugh and I knew there was a few boozers for…

BBC 1Xtra Event Marred by Violence

BBC 1Xtra came to Arena Birmingham, formerly the NIA, at the weekend and then made headlines for all the wrong reasons. It’s a shame that something that is supposed to showcase the positive side to urban life, those artists that have made something of themselves, are the ones involved in the violence too but it…

What’s on? BARE BANTS

So coming up at the end of October there is something different coming to Birminghams Jewellery Quarter. Bare Bants will be hosting their first comedy event at the awesome Rebel Chicken. Sponsored by Old J Spiced Rum, you can expect a wealth of music (selected by you!) memes and stand up comedy to keep you…

The Farewell Movie Review

My movie reviews must always seem strange. Since guest writing for Lock the Locks I have yet to give my opinions on some of the bigger movies which have been released this year. Instead I find it more interesting (to me) to write about the smaller movies which may not receive the reception they deserve…

Flight Club Darts Bar.

Flight club. So I wasn’t quite sure how to go about this one, I’ve been hearing a good bit of hype surrounding this place now, from the online shares the excitement in write ups for the Birmingham mail the people talking about it in the barbershop. This place was one I was excited for. Having…

The Railway (City Centre)

The Railway. The railway is situated just underneath the Genting casino on the road at the side of Grand Central Station. Located near former FSBM features, The Stable and Brewdog, you’d expect a quirky little bar, but the railway is far from that. A generic pub, smack bang in the midst of the rush of…

The Shakespeare MKII

The Shakespeare part 2 So after reviewing the Shakespeare on Summer Row I had to find the time to review the other one by Size? in the city centre just off new street. A pub I’m familiar with as I normally pop in here before heading down to London from Grand Central. As you approach…

What’s On? Godiva Festival

I’d usually do a kind of “What’s On” on a Friday but I don’t want to give you all such late notice for a decent event like this one. Godiva strikes memories in me of being young, of all the Oakland’s lads meeting at the Swan beers from Pete’s sorted and straight onto the 900…

The Lord Clifden

The Lord Clifden. So this one was pretty cool. I got to catch up with my mate Sean and link it with having a beer with one of the boys from work too, me and Matt had been banging on about going to the clifden for a while so decided to pop down on a…

Transfer Roundup

And so it has happened, Blues have sold their prized asset Che Adams as Southampton’s pursuit of the 22 year old finally came to an end resulting in them getting their man.  This comes despite the board having previously said he wasn’t for sale. It’s something many fans were prepared for but that doesn’t make…

What’s On? Raise the Ruth

Here at Lockthelocks we’re looking to try and not only find the best Pubs in Brum with the Flip Some Beer Mats series, but also to bring you the best events taking place too. Tonight there is a charity event taking place to help a vulnerable individual within the local community. Raise the Ruth is…

The Actress & Bishop

Actress and bishop So, a busy Friday at work came and I was knackered so I decided to pop down to the actress and see if it was still how I remembered it from 10 years ago. With a covered smoking area to the front and long bar inside it’s starting off well. Still the…

King of Commercial Lager

So in the group chat the other day I had the lads ask me to review Carling as one of the upcoming Peak of the Weeks, we all laughed and had a few satirical review lines and that was it. I did say I’d look to get something up for them though (So if there’s…

Monthly Musings: What Happened to Limewire?

The other day I stumbled across a meme, the contents of this particular meme showed Abe Simpson with a load of kids gathered around listening to him speak, it looked as though he was certainly imparting wisdom and I can already hear you ask what wisdom it was (Those that don’t follow me on Insta…

Monthly Musings: Free The Herb

I thought I’d take a look at the news that broke the other week that weed smokers will no longer necessarily be arrested for consuming the plant. This follows a global relaxation on laws surrounding the herb, especially following medical breakthroughs relating to treatments using weed allowing a more relaxed attitude. The war on drugs…

A Great 2018, Here’s to 2019

I started Lockthelocks back in 2014, it was my first attempt at this kind of media and I must admit I was initially apprehensive, I had little faith in myself and even less confidence but I knew if I didn’t push myself I’d never know what could be, while at the same time if it…

Peak of the Week: Brewdog – Dead Pony Club

The other week I received three Brewdog beers, the Punk IPA I’d reviewed in the past so I drank that without reviewing, the 5AM Saint was delicious and thoroughly enjoyed subsequently receiving four out of five on the beer review. Dead Pony Club hasn’t had an easy ride though as Portman Group tried to go…

What’s On? – Beards and Beers

Looking for something to do this weekend? The Bearded Brummies November meet up has a little twist! as the gang will be getting together with Gentleman & Rogues Club for a Beards and Beers afternoon at the shop before heading into Birmingham or Harborne afterwards to keep the party going!! Beardbrand Educators, Dave Banks and Joseph…

Sam Eggington Suffers Shock Defeat

Sam Eggington fought in front of a home crowd at the weekend in what was supposed to be a tune up fight, unfortunately for him things didn’t got quite according to plan leaving him instead with his fifth professional defeat as his suffered his first KO in the second round. Hassan Mwakinyo managed to take…

Peak of the Week: Sierra Nevada – Pale Ale

This week’s Peak of the Week comes all the way from Yankland and the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. It’s probably one of the most recognizable craft beers, although here it’s probably a close competition with Brewdog. Established in 1979 by two home brewers, Ken Grossman and Paul Camusi. It has been the seventh largest brewery…

Peak of the Week: Pistonhead – Haze Lager

This week’s Peak of the Week comes from Pistonhead, to be honest this was originally meant to be last weeks beer, I had their Amber Beer, but I drank this after getting in from Who We Be (Which was awesome!) and I didn’t review the beer. It was good enough for me to think about…

He’s Back!

Tonight Tyson “2 Fast” Fury steps back into the ring as he looks to reinstate himself as the king of the division over the next couple of years. Tonight he will be returning in his home town of Manchester to face Sefer Seferi. The build up has been quite friendly and in the weigh in…

Bucket(Hat) List – 2018

I love a good bucket hat and as the summer sun hots up it’s an essential item, whether you’re making the trip to Russia, holidaying in Ibiza or just back in the UK a bucket hat is essential and I’ve got the five best ones here. Pretty Green – Paisley Reversible Bucket Hat The first…

Mayhem NODB – Mr Hazeum: Album Review

On 20th April this year, Birmingham’s Mayhem NODB dropped his Mr Hazeum album, a weed inspired album with a whole raft of collaborations. A 17 track mixtape with some grime, uk hip hop and bassline. The album has a lot of herb inspired tracks; Mr HazeuM, Makes Me Happy and Flavours are the first three…

Devlin & Syer B – Something in the Water: Album Review

When Devlin and Syer B get together you know they’re going to drop a banger, then when it’s a full on EP, jheeze! Something in the Water is a hard collaboration that produces banger after banger. It’s a hard EP with shots flying, “got more bollocks than Caitlyn Jenner” a particular bar of memory. The…

Blues vs QPR: Preview

Blues head to Loftus Road today and if they claim all three points are guaranteed Championship football next season. It’s a scenario we’ve not experienced for a few years but it’s one I’d certainly prefer and it’s a scenario I think we can achieve, QPR don’t have anything left to play for but might want…

Where Next for DeGale?

Where Next for DeGale? James DeGale regained his IBF Super Middleweight title at the weekend beating Traux at the second opportunity having initially underestimated the American. DeGale was again taken the distance however the scorecards were unanimously in his favour, despite having sustained a cut above his eye early on. DeGale hasn’t ruled out getting…

Blues vs Sunderland: 6 Pointer Preview

Blues vs Sunderland: 6 Pointer Preview Blues face fellow league strugglers Sunderland tonight in a fixture that is a 6 pointer all day long. If Blues beat Sunderland tonight it not only puts us above them in the bottom three but will see us move out of the relegation zone even if Hull beat Leeds…

Introducing the Whiskey Corner

Introducing the Whiskey Corner Dry January may be in full swing but that doesn’t mean alcohol doesn’t exist, Peak of the Week has been a regular feature since I moved away from the Beer of the World Challenge to ensure continuous beer reviews when I struggled to get the ones on the list (I do…

Takam will Prove a Tricky Replacement

Takam will Prove a Tricky Replacement It’s been nearly a week since Pulev was forced to pull out of his fight with Anthony Joshua due to injury and so we’ve had time to digest this along with the news that Carlos Takam will instead step into the ring at Wembley in front of 80,000 people.…

Is Fury Retiring?

Is Fury Retiring? Fury’s suspension has been lifted and almost simultaneously he announced he would not be reapplying for his licence through the British Boxing Board of Control and so the media has ran with stories indicating that Fury has potentially ended his boxing career, but has he? It’s not the first time that Fury…

Hamstring Injuries

Hamstring Injuries Blues have suffered from more than our fair share of hamstring injuries this season and it’s become such an issue even Carsley has mentioned it in the build up to tomorrow’s game. He’s essentially put it down to the busy fixture period as players aren’t able to fully hit their top speeds in…

League of My Own II: Album Review

League of My Own II: Album Review Just over a month ago Chip released League of My Own II, the follow up to his 2007 breakthrough Mixtape League of My Own and was released on the ten year anniversary. The album is actually Chip’s third “Studio Album” but he is renowned for his persistence and…

GGG vs Canelo: Review

GGG vs Canelo: Review You may have thought that McGregor Mayweather was the fight of the year as millions tuned in to watch a novice take on one of boxing’s most iconic figures but for real fans of the sport this weekend is the big one as GGG takes on Canelo. This fight seems to…

Is UFC the Biggest Threat to Boxing?

Is UFC the Biggest Threat to Boxing? Bob Arum and Dana White aren’t the biggest fans of each other and Arum certainly isn’t a fan of the UFC, or its supporters. Last week’s McGregor Mayweather cross over fight, the biggest PPV fight in the UK ever, was enough to get the yank going in on…

Dillian Whyte: Where Next?

Dillian Whyte: Where Next? Dillian Whyte marked his debut on American soil with a third round stoppage over Malcolm Tann in a comfortable performance which Whyte dominated from start to finish. He’s made it clear that he intends to fight Deontay Wilder but I’d personally think this would be a jump too far. Prior to…

Blues Transfer Round Up

Blues Transfer Round Up Blues have today managed to add a further two defenders to their ranks as we bring in Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall in on season long loans. Redknapp indicated he will be looking to switch much of the team up following Fridays 2-1 defeat to Burton. Blues have potentially completed all…

Will Redknapp Get Bored?

Will Redknapp Get Bored? Last night Blues managed a goalless draw against Bolton in a rather lackluster performance that was criticised by Redknapp, speaking to BluesTV Redknapp spoke about frustrations with bringing players in stating that the he, the club & owners and that us the fans are all ambitious but that “Something needs to…

Blues Transfer Targets

Blues Transfer Targets Blues exciting transfer window has somewhat fizzled out as the megastar signings have, as of yet, failed to materialize in the way we envisaged early on. The four signings made so far have been great signings but four weeks ago we were linked with the likes of Terry, Keane and Cole and…

MADE Festival – 5 Acts to See

MADE Festival – 5 Acts to See Tomorrow MADE Festival takes place in Digbeth and with the day tickets now all sold out it’s probably time to consider which acts you’re going to be seeing so if you don’t know yet I’ve listed five acts you have to see. Dapz OTM – 15:30 “If I…

Pick of the Week

Pick of the Week This week I thought I’d have a look around for some footwear, I found a pair of Diadora Borg Elite for £42 down from £140 but they’re only in size 6. To be fair if you can fit a 6 it’s worth knowing about so I’ve added the link still here.…

Blues Suffer Defeat in First Pre-Season Fixture

Blues Suffer Defeat in First Pre-Season Fixture Last night Blues took on FC Union Berlin but were unable to notch a victory over the 2. Bundesliga side who were able to beat Blues 1-0 thanks to a goal from Damir Kreilach in the 61st Minute. Blues made 7 changes at the halfway mark as Redknapp…

Blues to Face Swansea in Pre-Season

Blues to Face Swansea in Pre-Season A few of the pre-season friendlies have begun to be announced, today it has been confirmed Blues will face Swansea in their final warm-up fixture at St Andrews on the 29th July. Kick off will be at 3pm and ticket details will follow along with additional Pre-Season Fixtures. Currently…

A Night of Championship Boxing

A Night of Championship Boxing This weekend Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena hosted A Night of Championship Boxing, jam packed with Birmingham fighters there was a lot on the line for almost every card. A night in Brum never disappoints and the boxing was no different. Josh Kelly managed to get his first professional KO as he…

Redknapp Signs One Year Deal

Redknapp Signs One Year Deal Harry Redknapp has today been given a one-year deal with the club following a successful three games at the club which saw him win two of the three games and maintain our Championship status. There has been a lot of talk the last few days but there is no confirmation…